NYC & Foreclosure Mediation on the Horizon?
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently endorsed a proposal to create mandatory mediation in foreclosures in New York City. The program he said would be based on the successful model currently in use in Philadelphia. That is the good news.
The bad news is it will require passage at the state level which currently has the NYS Senate embroiled in more-infighting-than-usual with the Senate not having an official session in days.
Read the full story [here]
here's another story going further into the Philadelphia story and how other cities are trying to replicate them "US mayors urge states to require mortgage mediation" [here]

Oslo Mediator's Conference Opens
The Oslo Forum 09 opens on Tuesday. The Forum seeks to provide diverse, frank and discreet discussions between top mediators and other key actors from around the world on major issues affecting peace and conflict today.
Full story [here]

Marquette law school to run foreclosure mediation program
The Marquette University Law School will provide mediation between lenders and residential borrowers facing foreclosure under a program funded with proceeds from a successful lawsuit against mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.
Full story [here]

Mediation offers business opportunity for attorneys
The first class included 19 members, but its ranks have grown to over 500.
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Boyd and Florida State College of Law Dean Talbot D’Alemberte helped establish the Florida Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in 1986 and it provided a statewide center for education, training and research in alternative dispute resolution. One of the functions of the DRC is the certification of mediators and mediation training programs. The first applicants certified to practice in the Fourth Judicial Circuit earned certification in 1991 and that group has grown from about 20 to over 500 people practicing in four different fields: county, circuit, family and dependency.

Full story [here]

'On The Move'
Respected Construction Attorneys James F. Nagle and Douglas S. OlesJoin JAMS Global Engineering and Construction Group
June 15, 2009 – SEATTLE - Respected construction attorneys James F. Nagle and Douglas S. Oles announced today that they have joined the Global Engineering and Construction Group of JAMS, The Resolution Experts, the nation’s largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services. They will be based in JAMS Seattle Resolution Center. Both Mr. Nagle and Mr. Oles have extensive experience resolving large-scale construction disputes.
Full press release [here]

United States Institute of Peace New Website Design
THE USIP has recently redesigned its website, have a look [here]. In case you forgot or for some odd reason you never read it when it was originally posted, they offer free online training certificate programs. Read more about it [here] and all about their multi-media resource section for peacemakers [here].

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